The 10 Hottest Job Markets In Pennsylvania For 2020

Kathy Morris
by Kathy Morris
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Anticipating a job hunt in 2020?

If so, you might be nervous about the state of your local job market or curious how it stacks up to rival cities. Cities in the same state can have dramatically different job markets. Job hunting in one part of the state can be a piece of cake, while in another city it can be a herculean task to just land an interview.

Here at Zippia, we love math (and jobs!), so we delved into the data to determine where in 2020 it was easiest to find a job in Pennsylvania.

Here are the ten hottest job markets in Pennsylvania.

There you have it, folks- the ten cities where it was easiest to get a job in Pennsylvania. Keep reading for a more detailed breakdown of how we reached these results. Your city not in the top 10? Keep scrolling to see where it landed on the full list.

How we determined the best job markets in Pennsylvania

We used the most recent Census American Community Survey to pull data for the main Pennsylvania metro areas. We only looked at cities with a working civilian population above 5,000.

While unemployment rate can tell you a lot about the local job market, it is simply one metric and job markets are complex entities. We opted to take a more in-depth look at the best job market in Pennsylvania.

Each metro-area was ranked 1-to-67 in four categories:

  • Unemployment Rate
  • Change In Unemployment Rate
  • Household Income Change
  • Current Average Household Income

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, the Murrysville municipality area had the lowest unemployment rate at 2.3%, earning it the #1 spot for unemployment rate. The four ranked categories were then averaged together to produce our final list. The final list ranks the 67 metro areas from 1-to-67. Once again, the lower the score, the stronger the job market.

1. Bethel Park

Bethel Park, PA

Unemployment Rate: 4.44%
Average Income: $97,773

2. Emmaus

Emmaus, PA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.87%
Average Income: $72,460

3. Murrysville municipality

Source: Public Domain

Unemployment Rate: 2.26%
Average Income: $124,617

4. West Chester

West Chester, PA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 5.24%
Average Income: $87,322

5. Elizabethtown

Unemployment Rate: 4.54%
Average Income: $73,015

6. Conshohocken

Conshohocken, PA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.09%
Average Income: $108,164

7. Plum

Plum, PA

Unemployment Rate: 3.86%
Average Income: $88,090

8. Phoenixville

Phoenixville, PA

Unemployment Rate: 6.01%
Average Income: $82,396

9. Baldwin

Baldwin, PA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 4.56%
Average Income: $73,481

10. Economy

Economy, PA

Source: Public domain

Unemployment Rate: 3.69%
Average Income: $91,905

MEASURING THE BEST JOB MARKETS In Pennsylvania

You might be reading this and thinking, ‘Hey, I live in Murrysville municipality and have been unemployed for months- this can’t be right!’ That’s entirely possible.

While Murrysville municipality and the surrounding metro area have the hottest job market in Pennsylvania, personal finances can be, well, personal. Education, work experience, and occupation all play a big role in securing a job. However, overall, job seekers in Murrysville municipality will have an easier time than those in cities near the bottom of the list.

Detailed List Of The Hottest Job Markets In Pennsylvania

Rank Place Unemployment Rate Average Income
1 Bethel Park 4.44% $97,773
2 Emmaus 2.87% $72,460
3 Murrysville Municipality 2.26% $124,617
4 West Chester 5.24% $87,322
5 Elizabethtown 4.54% $73,015
6 Conshohocken 3.09% $108,164
7 Plum 3.86% $88,090
8 Phoenixville 6.01% $82,396
9 Baldwin 4.56% $73,481
10 Economy 3.69% $91,905
11 Wyomissing 3.75% $125,699
12 Whitehall 2.61% $82,367
13 Dormont 4.88% $80,987
14 Mechanicsburg 3.65% $69,838
15 Dunmore 6.24% $76,089
16 Lansdale 4.2% $80,206
17 Monroeville Municipality 4.28% $75,276
18 Lower Burrell 5.95% $75,119
19 Franklin Park 4.32% $160,096
20 Lancaster 7.06% $56,024
21 Bellevue 3.18% $58,272
22 Bethlehem 5.37% $72,061
23 Hermitage 5.22% $72,820
24 Northampton 3.97% $71,849
25 Ephrata 5.62% $62,561
26 Altoona 5.78% $53,677
27 Carlisle 6.05% $69,730
28 Scranton 5.13% $52,859
29 Jefferson Hills 2.69% $114,057
30 Chambersburg 5.36% $61,815
31 Pottsville 6.59% $58,576
32 Pottstown 6.6% $62,740
33 Washington 8.36% $50,652
34 St. Marys 2.4% $69,478
35 Pittsburgh 6.21% $69,219
36 West Mifflin 7.76% $67,750
37 Kingston 6.44% $66,534
38 Lansdowne 4.82% $77,325
39 Philadelphia 10.2% $65,090
40 Hanover 4.8% $62,095
41 Yeadon 8.8% $61,917
42 State College 5.76% $57,519
43 Munhall 5.96% $60,355
44 Butler 7.81% $47,463
45 Easton 6.21% $64,660
46 York 13.15% $42,343
47 Bloomsburg 7.28% $53,137
48 Indiana 12.42% $49,549
49 Norristown 7.83% $63,635
50 Greensburg 4.87% $51,954
51 Meadville 8.62% $54,851
52 Reading 15.54% $41,113
53 New Kensington 5.37% $55,925
54 Sharon 9.48% $46,117
55 Allentown 11.15% $55,097
56 Erie 8.39% $49,498
57 Lebanon 8.45% $47,397
58 New Castle 10.11% $46,560
59 Wilkes-Barre 10.08% $48,092
60 Johnstown 14.24% $33,802
61 Wilkinsburg 8.43% $51,212
62 Chester 14.83% $41,564
63 Williamsport 6.84% $54,996
64 Hazleton 7.7% $52,449
65 Harrisburg 9.81% $51,552
66 Coatesville 11.78% $48,990
67 Mckeesport 13.07% $41,275
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